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Yale.* *A Guide to Yale College, 2016–2017 admissions.yale.edu Bulletin of Yale University New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8227 Periodicals Postage Paid New Haven, Connecticut Yale College 2016–2017 Series 112, Number 2, June 1, 2016 A Guide to Yale College This is Yale. We’re glad you asked. 5 p. 68 | Connect the Dots. From start-up capital and internships to top fellowships and a worldwide network of alumni, Yale positions graduates for success in the real world. Places. p. 76 | Inspired by Icons. Why architecture matters. p. 86 | Noah Webster Lived Here. Bumping into history at Yale. p. 88 | Nine Squares. The modern univer - sity, the cosmopolitan college town. p. 90 | Elm City Run. On a run from Old Campus to East Rock, one student explains why New Haven is the perfect size. p. 92 | Here, There, Everywhere. Fourteen Yalies, where they’re from, and where they’ve been. Pursuits. p. 98 | Bulldog! Bulldog! Bow, Wow, Wow! Playing for Yale— The Game, the mission, the teams, the fans, and, of course, Handsome Dan. p. 102 | State of the Arts. From the digital to the classical, Yale’s spectacular arts options. p. 104 | The Daily Show. A slice of Yale’s creative life during one spring weekend. p. 106 | Shared Communities. Yale’s Cultural Houses, religious communities, and a∞nity organizations and centers. p. 110 | ELIterati. Why Elis are just so darned determined to publish. p. 112 | Sustainable U. Where Blue is Green. p. 114 | The Science Channel. Life outside the lab. p. 116 | Political Animals. Welcome to the YPU, one of Yale’s most enduring institutions. p. 118 | Difference Makers. Through Dwight Hall, students ﬁnd their own paths to service and leader- ship in New Haven. Apply. p. 122 | The Good News about the Cost of Yale. Our ﬁnancial aid policy eliminates the need for loans and makes Yale a≠ordable for all. p. 123 | The Particulars. How to apply, what we look for, and visiting campus. 4 Lives. p. 10 | Freshman Diaries. Yale’s newest students chronicle a week in the ﬁrst year and give some advice. p. 14 | Anatomy of a Residential College. Delving into the layers of Yale’s unique residential college system (12 gorgeous stand-alone “colleges”). p. 24 | Bright College Years. In many ways, friend- ship deﬁnes the Yale experience. One student sums it up: “It’s about the people, not the prestige.” p. 28 | Breaking News. A few of the year’s top under- graduate stories. Studies. p. 34 | A Liberal Education. Yale’s educational philosophy, more than 80 majors, the meaning of breadth, and some startling numbers. p. 38 | College Meets University. An undergraduate road map to the intersection of Yale College and the University’s gradu- ate and professional schools. p. 40 | Blue Booking. When parties and shopping are academic. Plus: shopping lists and special programs. p. 44 | Two, Three, Four, Five Heads Are Better Than One. Synergy and study groups. p. 46 | Eavesdrop- ping on Professors. Why being an amazing place to teach makes Yale an amazing place to learn. p. 54 | A Hands-On Education. Learning by doing. p. 56 | Next-Gen Knowledge. For Yalies, one-of-a-kind resources make all the di≠erence. p. 62 | Think Yale. Think World. Eight Elis deﬁne “global citizen” and share piv- otal moments abroad. Lives. 9 8 | lives Yale is at once a tradition, a company of scholars, a society of friends. Yale: A Short History, by George W. Pierson (Professor, Yale Department of History, 1936–73) 10 | lives 11 A Tuesday in the life of 9:30 am Wake up, shower, and (ideally) get breakfast at Saybrook. 10:30 Spanish in Linsly-Chittenden (conveniently located between Vanderbilt and Saybrook). 11:20 Rush to Hillhouse to make it to my 11:35 calculus class. 1:00 pm Grab lunch at Silliman with a friend or two from math. 3:00 Work out at Payne Whitney Gym, shower, and leave by 4. 6:00 Meet up at Chipotle or another local eatery with fellow Black Men’s Union members to work on a newsletter for alumni. 7:30 Weekly meeting with Cluster Technicians at the Student Technology Collaborative. 9:00 Watch TV for an hour. 10:00 Do homework with a friend at Squiche (Saybrook’s buttery). 12:30 am Back to my room to get some sleep. Freshman Diaries. (Life in the ﬁrst year) From the moment they arrive, freshmen are able to dive into all that Yale has to offer. In part this is because so many programs are in place specifically to welcome and guide first-year students—from pre- orientation to freshman counselors (Yale seniors) to Freshman Seminars (small classes taught by some of Yale’s most prominent professors) to parties. We caught up with three freshmen near the end of their second semesters. Here they share advice on preorientation, independence, and schedules; reflect on their own freshman expectations; and record a day in their lives during the first year. First Year’s Classes > Comprehensive General Chemistry II > General Chemistry Lab II > Reading and Writing the Modern Essay > Introduction to Ethnicity, Race, and Migration > Calculus of Functions of One Variable I and II > Introductory Microeconomics > Introduction to Engineering, Innovation, and Design > Vikings > Elementary Spanish II Activities > Yale Black Men’s Union > Yale PALS Tutoring and Mentoring > Yale Undergraduate Diversiﬁed Investments > Science, Technology, and Research Scholars > Saybrook College Council Chair of the Dining Hall Committee > Shaka at Yale Polynesian dance group On preorientation: I did Cultural Connections and loved it! I had a fantastic time going on adventures, participating in stimulating discussions and conversations, and being ushered into some of the ﬁner aspects of student campus life with things like a talent show and poetry performances. I really beneﬁted from the program in that I felt a sense of belonging and already had a network of friends before Camp Yale even started. I’ve heard similar experiences from friends who participated in FOOT. I highly encourage incoming students to consider one of Yale’s preorientation programs. On roommates: Whether by pure coincidence or by Yale’s complex room assignment system, I was matched with someone I had met and hit it o≠ with during the college search process. After we got our suite assignments, we texted each other in happy surprise that we would be rooming together. On Freshman Seminars: These are very popular classes with limited sizes. I deﬁnitely recommend applying to them. On expectations: I was never completely sure what I would want to study in college, so I knew that I wanted to go to a place where I could engage in several di≠erent pursuits. The ability to easily switch majors or disciplines was one of the main factors that drew me to apply to private schools like Yale in addition to my state’s flag- ship school. When I visited Yale during Bulldog Days—a three-day program for admitted students— I was blown away by the fluidity and flexibility across several spheres in the school. It became clear to me that integrating into residential college communities, extracurricular activities, and the larger Yale community would be seamless. And now that I’m here, one of my most pleasant surprises is that there are a ton of great resources such as o∞ce hours, tutoring, review sessions, intelligent fellow classmates, etc., all around just waiting to be utilized. Mallet Njonkem Hometown Richmond, TX Anticipated Major Economics, Engineering Sciences: Mechanical “While it may not be particularly easy to excel at Yale, ﬁnding out that there are many resources to help achieve goals was my greatest surprise.” Freshman Counselors The Freshman Counselor (a.k.a. Froco) Program was established in 1938 and has been an intrinsic and essential component of Yale’s advising system for freshmen ever since. Each first-year student is assigned a counselor who acts as a guide through the transition to life at Yale. Frocos are a diverse group of seniors who are friends/mentors/ problem-solvers— but not supervisors or disciplinarians. All freshmen except those in Timothy Dwight and Silliman live together on Old Campus during their first year, and Frocos live among them. (Freshmen are grouped in Old Campus residences by college affiliation, which allows all freshmen no matter their college affilia- tion to get to know each other.) Preorientation Programs Several optional preorientation programs give new students a chance to meet each other prior to the formal Freshman Orientation. Cultural Connections (CC) introduces fresh- men to Yale’s cultural resources and explores the diversity of student experiences on campus, with emphasis on the experiences of students of color and on issues related to racial identity. Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT) are six-day and four-day back packing trips for all levels in the mountains and hills of Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, led by upperclassmen. Trip leaders have extensive training in keeping FOOTies safe and healthy in the back country and are experienced counselors who offer a wealth of support, advice, and friendship. Harvest begins at the Yale Farm, and then groups of freshmen led by upperclassmen head off to spend five days on family- owned organic farms in the Northeast. Orientation for International Students (OIS) is a four-day program designed to ease the transition of international students to the United States, and to acquaint them with academic and social life at Yale. It is organized and led by international upper- classmen with support from the Office of International Students and Scholars. 12 | lives 13 On orientation: FOOT is a great way to kick o≠ your freshman year! I did the four-day Appalachian Trail trip and made an instant group of friends. On Directed Studies (DS): The yearlong DS humanities program is unique to Yale and a wonderful way to make sure you are taking small seminars, having lectures with world-class professors, quickly improving your writing skills, and reading the classics, from ancient Greece through the twentieth century. Discussion sections are at the heart of the program: they let you engage with the texts, the other students, and the professors in a small group setting. On extracurriculars: There is such strong support for the arts on campus. I’ve been able to keep up and improve my dancing and have had the chance to choreograph pieces of my own. Most importantly, I’ve found a community of amazingly talented dancers and friends who have deﬁned my time at Yale so far. Eliza Dach Hometown Washington, DC Anticipated Major Chemistry (although I also want to explore Chemical Engineering) “Directed Studies provides a valuable foundation in the humanities and reminds me that science and the humanities used to be intricately linked. Only recently did people start to consider them such separate ﬁelds.” A Wednesday in the life of 8:25 am Wake up and get ready for classes. 8:45 Walk with my roommate to Branford for hot breakfast. Our favorite day is chocolate chip pancake day. 9:25 Organic Chemistry class. With the help of giant styrofoam models, we’ve been learning about synthetic mechanisms and about how the smallest change in a molecule’s orienta- tion can change its smell, look, reactivity, toxicity... 10:15 Head to the Blue State co≠ee shop for an hour. Usually I work on my chemistry problem set or review DS reading for the afternoon section meeting. 11:35 DS Philosophy lecture. I love DS lectures. Each professor has a di≠erent area of expertise and eloquently synthesizes that week’s reading with the course as a whole (especially useful if we’re reading Kant or Hegel). 12:25 pm Lunch in TD with a big group of DSers. These lunches are a hidden gem of DS: because you spend so much time with a relatively small group, you end up making a lot of friends over the course of the year’s lectures, sections, and lunches. 1:00 O≠ to the discussion section for DS Historical and Political Thought. 2:15 Back to Old Campus to relax. If it’s sunny, I sit out on the benches and chat with friends who are passing by or playing frisbee. Eventually I head to my room or the JE library to ﬁnish up the week’s DS paper or work on a lab report. 6:00 Dinner with my amazing suitemates in JE. Afterward, we stop in the Froco’s suite for an impromptu dance party (or just to grab a piece of candy). 8:15 Jazz night at Yaledancers class. Fun and tiring, YD classes are a highlight of my week. 10:00 Back to my dorm to shower, talk with friends, and ﬁnish up whatever work I have left. 1:00 am Bedtime. I pack up my books and notes for Thursday so that I don’t wake up my room- mate when I leave for my 9 am Literature class. First Year’s Classes > Directed Studies: Literature (both semesters) > Directed Studies: Historical and Political Thought (both semesters) > Directed Studies: Philosophy (both semesters) > Quantitative Foundations of General Chemistry > Laboratory for Quantitative Foundations of General Chemistry > Organic Chemistry > Laboratory for Organic Chemistry I > Advanced Dance Composition Activities > Yaledancers > Yale team for the Solar Decathlon On adjusting: A di≠erent culture, di≠erent weather, and a di≠erent language, but the transition was not hard because of the help I got from the O∞ce of International Students and other students. I also did an amazing preorientation for International Students. On Old Campus and Frocos: Living on Old Campus with almost all other freshmen gives you a great way to know people from all the colleges. Frocos are freshman counselors. They become friends who give great advice. The cool thing is that although you have your own Froco, you end up being helped by them all. Oscar Pocasangre Hometown San Salvador, El Salvador Anticipated Major Economics, Political Science 6:45 am. Wake up, shower, and walk to Payne Whitney for archery practice. A Thursday in the life of 9:00 am Comparative Latin American Politics: Get ready to take a lot of notes! 10:15 Breakfast. At Berkeley College, I usually get a bagel, mu∞ns, wa±e, or fruit and yogurt, and orange juice. 10:30 I go back to my room and work on homework or an assigned reading. That is, when I don’t end up talking with people on the floor. 11:35 French class: a small class where we practice French through class discussions of di≠erent novels, short stories, and ﬁlms. 12:25 pm Run to lunch at one of the residential colleges, usually Berkeley. The cool thing about eating at the dining halls is that you always meet up with a friend or someone you know. 1:00 Statistics for Political Science: Standard deviation? Multi- linear regression? Multicol- linearity among regressors? Yes, yes, and yes. We learn about statistical tools that you can apply to political studies, such as in election polls. 2:30 Have a co≠ee with a friend, go to o∞ce hours, and/or work grading Spanish homework assignments. 6:00 The Yale Globalist, meeting over dinner. We usually discuss possible themes for the next issue, evaluate the previ- ous issue, or talk with journal- ists about how to improve the magazine. 7:30 Time to go to the library to do problem sets or readings. 10:00 Hang out with friends, have random conversations, go to a party, a play, or go to get a late-night snack. 1:30 am (Sometimes it’s 3 or 4 am) Go to bed and get some sleep! First Year’s Classes > Microeconomics with Environmental Applications > Comparative Latin American Politics > Intermediate and Advanced French > Introductory Statistics for Political Science > Reading and Writing the Modern Essay > Political Psychology > The Modern Unconscious > Introductory Macroeconomics > Calculus of Functions of One Variable Activities > The Yale Globalist International a≠airs magazine > International Student Organization > AIESEC We help ﬁnd internships all over the world for Yalies. > Yale Club Archery 14 | lives 15 Anatomy of a Residential College. (Yale has no dormitories) Even before freshmen arrive they are assigned to one of Yale’s twelve residential colleges. More than mere dormitories, the colleges are richly endowed with libraries, dining halls, movie theaters, darkrooms, climbing walls, ceramics studios, “butteries” a.k.a. snack bars, and many other kinds of facilities. Rather than grouping students according to interests, majors, or sports, each college is home to its own microcosm of the student body as a whole. So if a certain percentage of Yale’s students hail from the west coast or abroad, you can expect to see roughly that percentage in each college. Yalies identify with their college throughout their lives, meeting one another in far-off places not only as an Eli but as a Saybrugian, Sillimander, or Morsel as well. A truly little-known fact is that while students always have the option of switching colleges throughout their years at Yale, scant few do. Read the over-the-top boostering by members of each college in the freshman welcome issue of the Yale Daily News and you’ll understand why—they all think they’re the best! Yale’s college system is the early- 20th-century brainchild of philanthropist and alumnus Edward S. Harkness (B.A. 1897). Archi- tecture critic Paul Goldberger tells us in Yale in New Haven: Architecture and Urbanism (Yale University, 2004) that Harkness, like many alumni of his genera- tion, took pleasure in Yale’s growing international reputation and stature but worried that as the University grew, the close bonds between students that had meant so much to him would diminish. In 1927 Harkness and his friend, fellow Eli and architect James Gamble Rogers (B.A. 1889), made a “secret mission” to England to study Oxford and Cambridge universities’ collegiate system. “The men came back convinced,” writes Goldberger, that dividing the undergraduate body into a series of residential colleges “was the best route to preserving the network of Yale-inspired connections” that had been so important to them throughout their lives. In the fall of 1933 the ﬁrst seven of the twelve colleges opened. The Courtyard The image of the secret garden was architect James Gamble Rogers’s inspiration for the courtyards around which each residential college is designed. According to legendary art historian and Yale professor emeritus Vincent Scully, Rogers transformed Yale into a loose association of “little paradises.” 16 | lives 17 BASEMENT Shared Spaces Morse and neighbor Ezra Stiles College share several under- ground performance and activity spaces. But don’t let their location in the basement fool you: skylights flood these rooms with light. With adjustable tiered seating, a full-featured sound system, a sprung floor, and theatrical lighting, the Cres- cent Underground Theater showcases student-directed and student- performed shows. The Music Suite has three individual practice rooms and one group rehearsal room, each with an upright or baby grand. The Dance and Aerobics Studio was designed for all types of dance, from ballroom to classical Indian bharatanatyam. The Fabric Arts Studio has six looms, several sewing machines, a knitting machine, and more. FLOOR 1 Art Gallery Artistic Morsels can exhibit their latest work in this sophisticated venue. BASEMENT Game Room Conveniently located next to the Morsel, the Game Room is a social hub where students get together to watch TV or play pool, table tennis, air hockey, and foosball. Courtyard An outdoor room for barbecues, leaf and snowball ﬁghts, and spontaneous and formal events. Or cool your toes in Morse’s water feature, known as “the Beach.” FLOOR S 1 & 2 Library Open 24 hours a day, the library has big tables, comfort- able couches, and individual kiosks for studying, as well as a large collec- tion of books and magazines, from The Economist to People. FLOOR 2 Head of College’s Office The head of college is the chief administrative o∞cer and the presiding faculty presence in each residential college. During the year, the head of college hosts lectures, study breaks (especially during ﬁnals), and College Teas—intimate gatherings during which students have the oppor- tunity to engage with renowned guests from the academy, government, and popular culture. BASEMENT Buttery Run by students, “The Morsel” is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 pm to 1 am. Hang out with friends over the popular Jim Stanley, a quesadilla with chicken nuggets. FLOOR 1 Dining Hall One of the social centers in every col- lege. At night, light glowing from the Dining Hall’s 40- foot floor-to-ceiling windows illuminates the courtyard and outdoor dining patio. FLOOR 1 Common Room With comfortable seating and ample desk space, the Common Room is a welcoming place, whether you want to work on a problem set, play the concert grand, or just hang out by the ﬁreplace on a chilly night. Home Suite Home Most freshmen live in suites in which four students occupy two bedrooms and share a common living room. The suites are all female or all male, and the residence halls are coed. After freshman year, there are multiple possible room arrangements. From top: A common room in Branford College; a bedroom in Farnam Hall on Old Campus; a bedroom in Berkeley College; a bed room with built-in desk and bookshelves in Ezra Stiles College; and a common room in Pierson College. FLOOR 2 Dean’s Office If a student is having di∞culty with a particular course, the college dean can often help by talking with the student’s instructor or with the relevant department’s director of undergraduate studies, or by referring the student to one of the programs that o≠er tutoring assistance. Getting to know each student as an individual helps the dean to address concerns as personally and e≠ectively as possible. FLOOR 1 Dean’s Apartment Dean Joel Silverman lives in Morse with his wife, Alba Estenoz, who is a professional pastry chef; their son, Noah; and their dogs, Oreo and Lulu. Yale in Miniature. (A tour of Morse College) FLOOR 1 Morse House Catherine Panter-Brick is joined in Morse College by her husband, Associate Head of College Mark Eggerman, and their sons, Dominic and Jannik. BASEMENT Student Kitchen All the tools you need, whether you’re preparing a full-course dinner for friends or just heating some ramen. The Exercise and Weight Room o≠ers a full range of state-of-the-art equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, punch- ing bags, and weight machines. There are also a fully equipped Digital Media Room and a Recording Studio. 18 | lives 19 A Dean of One’s Own. Residential college deans serve as chief academic and personal advis- ers to students in their colleges. Morse College Dean Joel Silverman says the college system means he sees students not just in class but at dinner, at social events, and in common areas and the courtyard. He attends their concerts, competi- tions, and shows. “We strive to create actual communities, where people truly support one another and embrace di≠erences,” he says. “It’s extremely important to me to help support a community in which my family and I also feel comfortable living.” “I advise students on anything and everything related to academics, including selecting courses, choosing a major, and exploring the many amazing opportunities here at Yale, such as study abroad programs and fellowships,” says Dean Silverman. “But I’m also a personal adviser to students. When students are feeling home- sick, when there are conflicts with roommates, when a student who has earned A’s her entire life suddenly bombs a test—I counsel these students, too.” Dean Silverman says that deans are part of a constellation of advising at Yale that includes heads of college, freshman counselors, tutors, and others. “A few years ago, I was on my way to a panel for the parents of new freshmen, and I ran into one of the seniors in Morse. I asked her what one point she would want me to convey to the parents of fresh- men. She paused, thought about it, and then said, ‘Tell them that Yale is a safe and healthy place for kids to transition into adulthood.’” Joel Silverman has served as the dean of Morse since 2007. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of power and persuasion in American law and literature. He is particularly interested in the way in which lawyers, doctors, and other specialists translate technical language for a general audience. Among the seminars he has taught are Censorship and U.S. Culture, American Biography, Early Cold War Culture, and Writing Power. As a lecturer in English, he helps students develop the analytical tools they need to write well-reasoned, well-supported, and persuasive academic arguments. He is currently writing a book on the lawyer who defended Ulysses in 1933. Catherine Panter-Brick, a professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global A≠airs, has been the Morse head of college since July 2015. She teaches courses on health equity and humanitarian interventions and publishes extensively on mental health, violence, and resilience in adversity, having directed more than forty interdisciplinary projects situated in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She has coedited seven books, most recently Pathways to Peace (2014) and Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice (2015), and received the Lucy Mair Marsh Medal for Applied Anthropology, an award that honors excellence in the active recognition of human dignity. A Head Start. What really makes a residential college a college versus simply a place to live is that each has its own dean and head of college— adults living among students in microcosms of Yale College as a whole. The head of college is the leader of his or her college, responsible for the physical well- being and safety of students who live there, as well as for fostering and shaping the college’s academic, intellectual, social, athletic, and artistic life. Head of Morse College Catherine Panter-Brick is a professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global A≠airs and, like all heads of college, preeminent in her ﬁeld. “I love my college: it’s a family,” she says. “I’m with students in the dining hall, on the sports ﬁeld, in the dance studio, and for events in my own house. This has deﬁnitely given me a multidimensional appreciation of student life. It’s changed the way I teach because I now share with students more than the classroom experience, so I make my relationships with students as personal as possible.” “In a residential college, students grow as a community, and my role is to care for this community: to create a welcoming space, to show love for college life, to pay attention. When life is stressful, students ﬁnd support and comfort in a close-knit community, and when life is wonderful, fellow Morsels are happy to share their excitement. By providing a consistent space where we are present in each other’s daily lives, the residential college serves as an anchor point for how students navigate four years of university life.” 20 | lives 21 Debate This. (Pierson Dining Hall conversations in progress) Amira Valliani, Jeff Sun, and Chris Palencia are talking about new opportu- nities for U.S. travel to Cuba. Amira mentions a Yale professor doing research in Cuba over the summer and looking for students to help. Je≠ adds that the Chap- lain’s O∞ce led a community service trip to Cuba. That’s when they start talking about the Chaplain’s O∞ce, which they say is an amazing and unbelievably under-utilized study space. Turns out it also has food, they say with more than a little excitement. ���They have an ice cream freezer and a rowboat ﬁlled to the brim with Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids!” says Amira. Alan Montes and Alex Kain are talking about their recent trips to Kenya and Venezuela for election monitoring and a journalism fellowship, respectively. As they look toward next summer, they are weighing the beneﬁts and trade-o≠s between summer internships vs. summer classes vs. staying at home. They may run out of your favorite veggie-Caesar wrap, but no matter what time you arrive or whom you sit with, no dining hall will have a shortage of interesting conversa- tion. “Dinner for me was something extraordinarily important,” says a recent alum. “I’d sit down across from someone and ask them what they did that day and the answer would be remarkable. So much of my Yale education came from talking to people over dinner.” Says another alum, “I only thought I was open-minded before Yale. Debating an issue could turn my views upside down in a single conversation. That was the fun of it.” Students Eric Bank and Vikram Jairam, with Rosalie J. Blunden, formerly associate dean for ﬁnance and administra- tion at Yale School of Public Health, are debating the charisma quotient of Barack Obama vs. John F. Kennedy. 22 | lives 23 College Shield Architecture Style Points How We Boola Boola Also Known As Berkeley Collegiate Gothic, with a touch of Tudor; built in 1934 Delicious reputation: as test kitchen for Yale’s Sustain- able Food Project, Berkeley pioneered a sustainable menu for all the colleges Annual snowball ﬁght, North Court vs. South Court Berkeleyites Branford Collegiate Gothic; opened 1933; home to Harkness Tower and its bells Robert Frost described our courtyard as “the most beautiful college courtyard in America” Independence Day, when Branford declares its independence from Yale in a day of barbecues and parties Branfordians Calhoun Collegiate Gothic; opened in 1933 The Cabaret in the base- ment, with hugely popular student shows Trolley Night: Clang, clang, clang goes the party; ’Hounfest ’Hounies Davenport a.k.a. D’Port One of its facades is Collegiate Gothic, the other is Georgian; opened in 1933 The Gnome, who watches over us, when he’s not being abducted; our own orchestra, the DPops; late nights at the Dive grill Davensports! D-porters Timothy Dwight a.k.a. TD Georgian; opened in 1935 Bluegrass music, art studio, beat poetry: the laid-back alternative TD’s motto and cheer is “Àshe!” which means “We make it happen” in Yorùbá TD-ers Jonathan Edwards a.k.a. JE Collegiate Gothic; opened in 1933 Our amazing letterpress; Tyng Cup winners three years in a row Great Awakening Fall Festival; the formal Spider Ball; JE SUX! Spiders Morse Modern; designed by Eero Saarinen; built in 1961 with a 14-story tower and no right angles Our sculpture, Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, by Claes Oldenburg All-day Apple Bakefest in the head of college’s kitchen; Great Morse Easter Egg Hunt Morsels Pierson Georgian; built in 1933 Wrestling in the Jello Pit of Justice on Pierson Day; our cheer: P is for the P in Pierson College, I is for the I in Pierson College … Tuesday Night Club, a college-wide party to help make it through the early part of the week Piersonites Saybrook Collegiate Gothic; completed in 1933 We’re in a chase scene in the latest Indiana Jones movie; our own Chamber Orchestra (known as SYChO) Party in the “12 Pack” and always respond “Saybrook!” when asked, “Say what?” Saybrugians Silliman Varied: Collegiate Gothic; modiﬁed French Renaissance, Georgian; completed in 1940 Biggest college; biggest courtyard; winner of cooking and spirit prizes at Final Cut (Yale’s “Iron Chef ”) Sunday music brunch, a feast of sound and taste; the Ball on College and Wall, a spring classic Sillimanders Ezra Stiles Modern master- piece, designed by Eero Saarinen; opened in 1962 Our memorial moose mascot in the Dining Hall; annual Student Film Festival Medieval (K)night Festival; Baby Animal Petting Zoo in the courtyard Stilesians Trumbull Quintessential Yale/ Collegiate Gothic; completed in 1933 Potty Court, where our gargoyle “Thinker” is enthroned and decorated every year Rumble in Trumbull (bounce-house “ﬁghts”); Pamplona (running of the [Trum]Bulls around campus) the ’Bulls Decoding the Colleges. (Residential College rundown) So you played sports in high school but aren’t quite hardcore enough to suit up for the Bulldogs. You’re in luck. The residential college intramural scene o≠ers a chance to continue your career at a surprisingly high level of competition or to start playing a new sport—not to mention a way to prove that your college reigns supreme. The Tyng Cup, annually awarded for overall excellence to the college accumulating the greatest number of points through intramural play, was ﬁrst presented in 1933. The Tyng continues to be the most coveted of all intra- mural awards, spawning com- petitive rivalries that make IMs a way of life for former high school all-stars and P.E. dropouts alike. Much of the above ﬁrst appeared in “Intramu- rals at Yale are spine-Tyngling fun” by Aaron Lichtig (1999) writing for the Yale Herald. College Teas are informal Q&A’s hosted by the head of each residential college and often cohosted by campus organizations such as the Film Society or the Yale Daily News. The teas give small groups of students an intimate opportunity to pick the brains of world leaders, thinkers, and talents. Members of the hosting college get ﬁrst dibs on front-row seats. More than Oolong. (College Teas) Spine-Tyngling Fun. (Intramural sports) Recent guests Trumbull Lois Lowry, author of The Giver; Joan Acocella, dance and book reviewer for The New Yorker; Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter; Amy Brooks-Kayal, pediatric neurologist. Branford Jennifer Staple-Clark, founder and CEO of Unite For Sight; Robert Pinsky, former U.S. poet laureate; Chris Bridges, a.k.a. Ludacris, rapper and actor; Paul Farmer, co-founder, Partners in Health. Silliman Denzel Washington, Academy Award-winning actor, producer, and director; Brandon Scott Sessoms, gay blogger, celebrity commentator, and Internet personality; Nihad Awad, activist and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Ezra Stiles Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize- winning author and MacArthur Fellow; Angélique Kidjo, singer-songwriter and activist; Cesar Pelli, architect; Ed Norton, actor and director; Joann Lo, co-director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. Davenport Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; Carole King, singer-songwriter; Mike Gordon, guitarist, Phish; Margaret Hamburg, fda commissioner; Garry Trudeau, cartoonist, Doonesbury; Mukesh Kapila, humanitarian and author of Against a Tide of Evil. Timothy Dwight Deqo Mohamed, physician and CEO of DHAF in Somalia; Alice Wells, U.S. ambassador to Jordan; Rahul Pandita, conflict journalist; Susan Choi, novelist. Morse Unni Karunakara, international president of Médecins Sans Frontières; Mark Penn, author of Microtrends and adviser to the Clintons, Tony Blair, and Bill Gates; Bobby Lopez, composer and lyricist of Avenue Q; Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Blink. Jonathan Edwards Katie Couric, journal- ist; Jon Pareles, music critic; Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma; Gary Beach, Tony Award-winning actor. Fall Golf Football Volleyball Tennis Soccer Cross Country Table Tennis Coed Men, Coed Coed Coed Men, Women Men, Women Coed Winter Squash Hoops Volleyball Ice Hockey Inner-Tube Water Polo Bowling Swimming Men, Women Men, Women Men, Women Coed Coed Coed Coed Spring Dodgeball Badminton Soccer Ultimate Softball Billiards Golf Volleyball Coed Coed Coed Coed Coed Coed Coed Coed 24 | lives 25 Bright College Years. (De���ning Yale through friendship) “Time and change shall naught avail / To break the friendships formed at Yale.” from “Bright College Years,” Yale’s alma mater It’s no accident that playwright John Guare, who wrote Six Degrees of Separation (theorizing that everyone in the world is connected by no more than five friends of other friends), went to Yale. As one senior put it, that kind of connectedness— which morphs into new friend- ships and affects other interactions down the line—“is what Yale feeds on.” Recognizing one’s unique impact on people here and their impact on you is central to the Yale experience. These bonds very often begin in the residential colleges (you’ll soon learn that all roads lead to the residential col- leges). The twelve friends on these pages all belong to Morse College. Here they talk about chance meetings, their impact on one another, and friend- ship at Yale. “Going to a restaurant in New Haven has become a favorite tradition. On birthdays it’s Prime 16, a juicy burger place, or Pepe’s, a New Haven pizza classic. Whenever it’s Thai food, I’m given full ordering power for the family-style meal. Once I booked out the Morse kitchen to have a Thai cooking session with friends. Aaron, Ethan, Mark, Caroline, and Hannah helped with the chopping. On the menu were stir-fry vegetables with oyster sauce, Thai-style omelet with fresh shrimp, green curry with eggplant, and rice I had brought from Thailand. It’s a challenge when you’re trying to time a bunch of di≠erent stir-fry dishes and coordinate preparation with ﬁve other people! In the end the dinner was a delicious success. Sometimes late at night I go into the kitchen to cook my own food as a way to de-stress. I’ll call Richard to come and help me ﬁnish what I’ve made as a fun study break. He’s a fan of my Thai milk tea.” Hanoi Lamthran “Hanoi” Hantrakul (above center) Hometown Bangkok, Thailand Major Applied Physics, Music Activities Yale Jazz Ensemble, WYBC Radio, Asian American Cultural Center, Salsa dancing, CEID Workshop designer “Deena, Caroline, and I have organized several late-night Zumba-style dance parties. Once we choreographed a dance routine to “Countdown” by Beyoncé. After about an hour of teamwork and laughter at how silly we looked in the dance mirrors—after all, Caroline is the only real dancer among us—we recorded a video of our ﬁnished dance on Caroline’s computer. It’s fun to remember the moments of spontaneous gooﬁness that deﬁne our friendship.” Hannah Hannah Untereiner (above right) Hometown Takoma Park, MD Major American Studies Activities Whim ’n Rhythm (a cappella), Tangled Up in Blue (American folksinging group), Harvest preorientation trip leader, French language tutor, Morse College Buttery manager Hanoi invited Richard (right) to take an Electrical Engineering class with him. Richard says it’s a course he “probably never would have considered, but it became one of my favorite courses at Yale” and inspired his participa- tion in Bulldog Bots, Yale’s undergraduate robotics organization. Richard, Danny, and Mark go sledding on the big hill by the Divinity School during snowstorms. Deena and Danny (below) are involved in the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project. Deena (left) goes to every one of Hannah’s performances with TUIB, Yale’s folksinging group. Over the years, she’s learned the words to all their songs. Hanoi, Mark (above left), Ethan (above right), and Aaron were assigned to be suitemates in their freshman year. They realized they all played instruments and started a band called Suite Spot. 26 | lives 27 Caroline asked Jessica (above, second from left) to go running with her in their ﬁrst week of freshman year, and they’ve been running together regularly ever since—even though Caroline says “Jessica is much more athletic than I am!” “At 1 a.m. before a snow day, Hanoi was showing everyone some music he’d been working on. Mark got his trombone to play along, and after ﬁve minutes, he, Ethan, Hanoi, and I were all playing our respective instruments. Then Ethan’s girl- friend joined in on the vocals, and we jammed for two hours. The best lesson I’ve learned outside of the classroom is to cherish every moment with friends. It’s tempting to have a concrete plan for every moment to maximize productivity and happiness, but it’s just as important to let a meal that was going to be an hour be 2+ hours if you’re having a truly great conversation.” Aaron “My friendships at Yale are amazing. Together we have talked excitedly for hours about classes, despaired about mountains of homework in those same classes, laughed and celebrated when we got through midterms, watched each other’s incredible performances, had our hearts broken, tried new things and met new people, made mistakes, and danced until our legs couldn’t move any more. We have found so much joy in learning more about each other.” Caroline Caroline Andersson (above, second from right) Hometown Hudson, OH Major Mathematics & Philosophy Activities Morse College Head Freshman Counselor, Proof of the Pudding (jazz a cappella), Yale Dance Theater, Steppin’ Out (step team) president, Harvest preorienta- tion trip leader Met at Yale Bob Woodward and John Kerry George W. Bush and Garry Trudeau Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton Allison Williams and Kurt Schneider Sigourney Weaver and Meryl Streep Angela Bassett and Tony Shalhoub Frances McDormand and David Henry Hwang Jodie Foster and Jennifer Beals David Duchovny and Paul Giamatti Edward Norton and Jennifer Connelly Paul Sciarra and Ben Silbermann Aaron Effron (above) Hometown Brookline, MA Major Physics Activities Society of Orpheus and Bacchus (a cappella), intramural soccer co-captain “The most important factor in my closest friendships is how much we prioritize each other, even in the face of homework or extra curriculars or other life.” Caroline Kevin (above) and Danny compete together in Final Cut, a university- wide “Iron Chef ”- style culinary competition. Aaron and Carlee (below) met through a mutual friend the summer before their freshman year, so Carlee remembers Aaron as her ﬁrst Yale friend. They get dinner together with a group of friends every Sunday. Carlee and Deena have been suite- mates since sophomore year. Danny, Aaron, and Ethan know Deena through Yale Hillel, where she was co-president in her junior year. They regularly attend Friday night Shabbat dinners together. Kevin and Jessica met in a music history class and also took Roman Architecture and Opera Libretto: “subjects that were o≠ our radar but turned out to be fascinating.” 28 | lives 29 Breaking News. (A few of the year’s top undergraduate stories) Slam Kudos Senior Emi Mahmoud won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship, an annual four- day competition that attracts some of the world’s best poets. Mahmoud ﬁrst learned about spoken-word performance at Yale’s Bulldog Days, which introduces admitted students and their families to Yale College. In addition to being crowned the iWPS champion, Mahmoud will publish a book of her own poems and travel on behalf of Poetry Slam Inc. to teach poetry. Yale in New Haven Senior Jacob Wasserman was honored with an Ivy Award in April for his work connecting Yale students to the New Haven community. Wasserman runs goNewHavengo, promoting nonautomotive transportation; volunteers at New Haven Reads, a book bank and tutoring program for elementary school students; is co-chair of the Ward 1 Democratic Town Committee; and serves as an adviser to City Atlas: New Haven, a new publi- cation highlighting sustainability e≠orts and initiatives. He has also been a leader of Yale’s focus preorientation program, which helps sophomores get involved with the city and local nonproﬁts. Record Attendance More than 750 undergraduates from more than ﬁfty universities attended the student-run 21st annual Black Solidarity Confer- ence at Yale; this year’s theme was “The Miseducation: Chang- ing History as We Know It.” Panels, workshops, and discus- sions at the sold-out conference reflected on the history of the African diaspora and considered ways of creating a better future. In addition, a career fair and talks featured representatives from such companies as Gold- man Sachs, Google, and Jopwell. Across the Pond Seven seniors have been named Rhodes, Marshall, or Gates Cambridge Scholars, among the most coveted academic awards for postgraduate study. On Rhodes scholarships at Oxford, Global A≠airs major Mason Ji will seek an M.Phil. in interna- tional relations; Ethics, Politics, and Economics major Jared Milfred will pursue an M.Phil. in political theory; Applied Mathematics and Economics double-major Tim Rudner will study for an M.Sc. in applied statistics and an M.Sc. in math- ematical modeling and scientiﬁc computing; and History major Isaac Stanley-Becker will seek an M.Phil. in economic and social history. On a Marshall scholar- ship, History major Skyler Ross will pursue an M.F.A. in creative producing at the University of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. And as Gates Scholars at Cambridge, Ethics, Politics, and Economics major Joshua Feinzig will pur- sue an M.Phil. in criminology, and Literature major William Theiss will study for an M.Phil. in early modern history. Earlier in the year, Feinzig won the international Undergraduate Award in gender studies and anthropology for his paper “Black Performativity, Reflexiv- ity, and Reclaiming the Public Sphere,” written for a History seminar at Yale. Physics Matters Junior Grace Pan was selected as a Goldwater Scholar for 2016 by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program, which was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the stem disciplines. Pan, who plans to pursue a doctorate in physics, studies the synthesis and char- acterization of materials with interesting topological proper- ties at Yale’s Energy Sciences Institute on the West Campus. Tell Me a Story A team of three Yale College sophomores—Henok Addis, Philip Esterman, and Jillian Kravatz—won the second annual Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Educa- tion. Their product, StoryTime, promotes early literacy by using cellular technology to address the “word gap” faced by many children in lower-income fami- lies, who by age four are likely to have heard 30 million fewer words than peers from higher- income families. StoryTime texts original short stories to parents who can then share them with their children. The $25,000 prize will allow the trio to broaden StoryTime’s reach in New Haven to 800 families and work with writers to develop more original material. Boola Boola The Yale Men’s Basketball team qualiﬁed for the NCAA tourna- ment for the ﬁrst time since 1962, advancing to the second round with a win over 5th-seeded Baylor; senior Justin Sears was named Ivy League Player of the year. Freshman Isabella Hindley was the high-point swimmer of the meet at this year’s Ivy conference championship, with victories in the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard freestyle events and four relays. After defeating Harvard to win the Ivy League championship, the Yale Men’s Squash team went on to win the CSA National Tournament, the program’s sixteenth national title and its ﬁrst in twenty-six years; junior Kah Wah Cheong clinched the victory in the ﬁnal match of the competition. Yale’s Gymnastics team shone on the uneven bars at the ECAC champi- onships, with the top team score in the event; and junior Tatiana Winkelman was named ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Undergraduate Entrepreneurs Yale undergraduates head many of the business ventures that have earned summer fellowships from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute in 2016. The program, which is geared toward scalable ideas with high-growth poten- tial, provides funding, mentors, access to corporate partners, one-on-one pitch guidance, and the support of a network of like-minded peers and experts. This year’s undergraduate projects include a bail-funding start-up aimed at low-risk defendants; an easy-to-install backyard ice rink; a portable infant respirator; and an interactive experience for discovering new music. Clean Sweep In this year’s Norman Mailer Writing Awards, a national competition administered by the National Council of Teach- ers of English, ten Yale College students and recent graduates swept the Four-Year College Creative Nonﬁction category. Since the competition was established in 2009, half of all winners and more than 40% of all honorees have been Yale undergraduates. Winner Eric Boodman graduated in 2015. Out of This World At the White House Astronomy Night in October, President Obama recognized the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association for its work on developing an automated optical telescope. Motorized and computer-controlled with soft
Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in Saybrook Colony as the Collegiate School, the University is the third-oldest institution of higher education in theUnited States. In 1718, the school was renamed Yale College in recognition of a gift from Elihu Yale, a governor of the British East India Company and in 1731 received a further gift of land and slaves from Bishop Berkeley. Established to train Congregationalist ministers in theology and sacred languages, by 1777 the school's curriculum began to incorporate humanities and sciences and in the 19th century gradually incorporated graduate and professional instruction, awarding the first Ph.D. in the United States in 1861 and organizing as a university in 1887.
Yale is organized into twelve constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and ten professional schools. While the university is governed by the Yale Corporation, each school's faculty oversees its curriculum and degree programs. In addition to a central campus in downtown New Haven, the University owns athletic facilities in western New Haven, including the Yale Bowl, a campus in West Haven, Connecticut, and forest and nature preserves throughout New England. The university's assets include an endowment valued at $25.6 billion as of September 2015, the second largest of any educational institution in the world.
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